Know about T-Shirts and Printed T-Shirts

T-shirts have been an age-old comfort wear all around the world. But have you ever wondered how old actually is the history of this particular style of clothing? T-shirt evolved through cutting the one-piece undergarments used in the 19th century into separate top and bottom garments. The top used to be long enough to tuck under the waistband of the bottoms.

However it became popular in the United States during the Spanish American war, after they were issued by the U.S. Navy. T-shirts were actually a slip-on garment without buttons or collar, usually with short sleeves and frequently a round neck line. The garment got its name due to the shape of its outline; it soon became popular in various industries, including agriculture as a bottom layer of clothing for workers.

The T-shirt became the shirt of choice for young boys because it was inexpensive, easily fitted and easily cleaned. This popularity among boys inspired the pruducers to launch t-shirts in various colors and patterns. This is how the trend of printed personalized t-shirts started and soon gained popularity.

T-shirt has seen many changes in its designing pattern and printing ever since its popularity as an outer garment. Personalised t-shirt has been the most popular among all other variations of the garment. Such t-shirts are usually decorated with text and/or pictures, and they are also used to advertise and promote companies, films, various products, and websites.

After the Second World War, it became common among the veterans to wear their uniform trousers with their t-shirts as casual clothing. And this fashion became even more popular in the 1950s and finally achieving status as fashionable, outer-wear, stand-alone, garment. In the early 1950s several U.S. companies started to decorate T-shirts with different resort names and various characters. This is when companies started to look at printed t-shirts as a great business investment.

Gradual developments in technologies and products associated with printing gave this business a sharp rise. In 1959 a type of more durable and stretchable ink was invented which allowed much more variety in T-shirt designs. In the 1960s, the ringer t-shirt appeared and became a staple fashion for youth and rock-n-rollers. The decade also saw the emergence of tie-deying and screen-printing on the basic T-shirt. Screen printed t-shirts later became very popular.

The fashion of printed t-shirt has been adored by both men and women, and by all age groups, including youth, teen, adult and elderly peoples. The most common form of print on t-shirts is screen printing. In screen-printing mesh screens, which limits the areas where ink is deposited, are used to apply water based ink on designs separated into individual colors.

Other methods of printing used for personalized t-shirts include applique, airbrush, ironing, embroidery and impressing or embossing. Laser printers are used to print on plain paper using a special toner which contains sublimation dyes that can then be permanently heat-transferred to T-shirts.

So the next time you wear a printed t-shirt you will know for sure how its fashion and trend came into existence.

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Posted on February 26, 2012, in Business, Editors Corner and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Awesome info. Thanks for sharing.

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